Saw III (2006)


Critic Consensus: Saw III does little beyond repeating its predecessor's tropes on a gorier level.


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With his new apprentice Amanda (Shawnee Smith), the puppet-master behind the cruel, intricate games that have terrified a community and baffled police has once again eluded capture and vanished. While city detectives scramble to locate him, Doctor Lynn Denlon (Bahar Soomekh) and Jeff (Angus Macfayden) are unaware that they are about to become the latest pawns on his vicious chessboard.

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Critic Reviews for Saw III

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (23)

The third movie doesn't go over the edge, but it does start to feel like John is setting his subjects up to fail, and the game shouldn't be rigged quite so hard if he really wants people to walk the path of redemption.

Oct 27, 2017 | Full Review…

God or Jack Valenti only knows how this work of pure entertainment got an R rating 'for strong grisly violence and gore, sequences of terror and torture, nudity and language.'

Nov 7, 2006

Because of its efforts to make sense of the previous entries and even attempt an earnest parable about forgiveness, Saw III may be the best of the trilogy; hopefully, it'll encourage its makers to wrap the franchise on a relatively high note.

Nov 3, 2006 | Rating: C
AV Club
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Even splatter-film buffs should be offended by this piece of nonsense: Not because it's so gross, but because it's so dumb.

Nov 2, 2006 | Rating: 1/5

The second Saw sequel develops the mythology of sadistic puppet-master Jigsaw in ambitious, gruesome but ultimately self-defeating ways.

Nov 2, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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All told, this is a more affecting study in grief, guilt and human frailty than Babel.

Nov 1, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Saw III

This third chapter goes even beyond the high level of gore seen in the first two, pleasing the fans of the series (and gore-fest in general) but proving to be nearly unbearable for everyone else. Not as original, though, but it still offers a surprising conclusion.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Saw 3 is the the end of the trilogy of Jigsaw, but its just another Saw sequel that doesn't live up to the first. The plot is actually getting cliche and the same with every movie, but I still am that kind of person who completely loves the mysterious endings of the Saw films. The cast is ok I guess, I can't complain but if their is a Oscar for screaming your A$$ off to being tortured, these people would win. Saw 3 is not a bad film actually, but the problem is that (just like the second film) the movie just doesn't have that sense of excitement like the first, and i'm pretty sure none of the sequels will.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

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Without a doubt my favourite Saw movie. The whole point of this movie, which I think some people miss, is to bring the standard "shock" of just how twisted some of the torture scenes are to a personal level. If you have kids, the themes hit you a little harder than any of the other themes in any other Saw movie. However, like every Saw movie, the plot becomes tiring as the twists and turns start to nauseate you rather than engross you. Slow down Bousman, my head hurts.

Unknown Hobo
Unknown Hobo

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Has alot of gore, but left feeling like any Saw movie made after this one would just start to get really boring and typical.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

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